UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Social Transfers and Chronic Poverty: Emerging Evidence and the Challenges Ahead

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AUTHOR DfID
ORGANIZATION DfID
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2005
TOPIC Budgeting for children
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

The evidence suggests that social transfers may have a role in contributing to a range of MDGs in very poor countries. But it is difficult to draw definite conclusions given the absence of national social transfer programs in most of these countries. Nonetheless, there is a strong case for continuing engagement by the international community. The purpose of this paper is to set out the emerging evidence on the implementation and impact of social transfers in developing countries as well as some of the challenges that need to be addressed if implementation in countries with low institutional capacity is to be successful. The paper emphasizes the importance of working with governments to develop inclusive, evidence-based national strategic social protection frameworks that identify the role of social transfers; continue strengthen the evidence base on the potential role of social transfers as part of a wider poverty reduction strategy; helping design and fund social transfer programs proposed by partner governments, within the context of a country-led approach.

 


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